Dairy free, gluten free and no sugar added recipes

The Best Buddha Bowl Recipe Roundup

Buddha bowls are bright, colorful, satisfying, and incredibly nutritious. The best thing about a buddha bowl is that no recipe is required.  There’s no wrong way to create your bowl!  Are you feeling less than confident about throwing one of these bowls together? No problem! Here are a few ideas for your inspiration!A Buddha Bowl is my go-to when I need a quick and delicious meal. It’s the perfect formula meal, made in large part using whatever you have on hand. I like to combine greens, roasted veggies, beans, seeds, avocado, and grains with a drizzle of creamy dressing.

The Buddha bowl gets its name from being packed so full that it has a rounded “belly” appearance on top, much like the belly of a Buddha.  Buddha bowls are bright, colorful, satisfying, and incredibly nutritious. The best thing about a buddha bowl is that no recipe is required.  There’s no wrong way to create your bowl!

Are you feeling less than confident about throwing one of these bowls together? No problem! Below are a few of my favorites for a little inspiration!


Buddha Bowl with Creamy Sage Cashew Sauce

My Buddha Bowl of roasted vegetables, lentils, baby greens, and avocado topped with a creamy cashew sauce is pure joy. It’s also dairy free, gluten free and totally delicious. This is a super simple meal that will keep you full for hours! Namaste!


Easy Southwest Buddha Bowl

Do you spend a ton of money every day eating out for lunch? Why not make your own Southwest-inspired bowl and save your cash for something else! This Easy Southwest Buddha Bowl from Chef and RD Sarah Haas does the trick and it comes together super quick to provide you a nourishing lunch or dinner!

 


Vegan Korean Nourish Bowl with Barley (Bibimbap)

This Buddha Bowl from MJ and Hungry Man is a twist on a traditional, iconic Korean dish – Bibimbap. Because Korean meals typically consist of rice and an assortment of side dishes, this tasty bowl is a delicious way to clean out the fridge.


Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl 

This bowl from The Minimalist Baker is amazingly good. It’s a savory and sweet combination with a delicious maple-tahini sauce that goes well with just about anything. This bowl is comforting, satisfying, seriously healthy, and packed with flavor.

 


Fall Harvest Buddha Bowl with Creamy Cashew Apple Cider Dressing

This plant-based bowl from Kara Lydon is seriously delicious.  Celebrating the fall harvest with butternut squash, apples and a creamy cashew dressing, this bowl is the perfect dinner to comfort you on a chilly night.

 


Brown Rice Miso Macro Bowl

This tasty bowl from Mckel of Nutrition Stripped is chock full of deliciousness! It combines miso marinated wild rice, sautéed greens, ginger, sweet potatoes, and is topped with poached egg. It’s an effortless meal that covers all the textures and flavors that make the perfect meal!

 


Chipotle-Inspired Sweet Potato and Black Bean Power Bowl

This chipotle-inspired bowl by Fit Living Eats has all the flavors of the real thing, but in a much healthier way. She uses quinoa as a base and adds black beans instead of meat. This bowl offers a ton of satisfying fiber to help keep you feel full all afternoon!

 


Tropical Buddha Bowl

Kristina’s Tropical Buddha Bowl is one of my favorite bowls! It’s infused with amazing island flavor with the combination of coconut brown rice, the sweetness of the pineapple and tang of the tart cherries. It’s such a fun bowl and tastes amazing!


Creamy Butternut Squash, Broccoli + Chipotle Almond Sauce

Along with tender baked squash you’ve got the crunch from fresh broccoli, all smothered in a delicious almond sauce. Lots of textures, colors, flavors, and nutrients going on here. This recipe is a must try from This Rawsome Vegan Life. 


Nourishing Buddha Bowl With Lemon Tahini Dressing

This nourishing bowl from Whole Living Lauren is filled with all of my favorite things. Quinoa, garbanzos, roasted broccoli, greens, and purple cabbage…all tossed with creamy avocado and lemon tahini dressing! YUM!

Creamy Cashew Parsnip Pasta w/ Pistachios

This creamy gluten and dairy free parsnip pasta is old-school comfort food at it’s best. 

creamy parsnip pasta with cashew sauce

I had a bag of parsnips sitting in my fridge for a while so I decided to get out my spiralizer and create parsnip pasta! I tossed the pasta with a favorite sauce from my raw cooking class days. This raw cashew sauce is an awesome substitute for Alfredo, if you’re either not eating dairy or, like me, just don’t like cheesy sauces. Don’t be fooled by the fact that it’s made with cashews. This sauce rivals the decadent creamy texture of any cheese sauce, without being greasy or hard-to-digest.

creamy cashew and parsnip pasta

After spiralizing the parsnip noodles I sauteed them in a bit of oil to soften them up. I usually don’t bother with heating my veggie noodles, but parsnips have a slight bitter bite when eaten raw. It’s crazy how just 5 minutes in a saute pan transformed them from bitter to nutty, sweet and delicious. Roasting has the safe effect. Have you tried roasted parsnip chips? They are a super tasty treat! Just slice up, season, and roast until crispy.

creamycashewparsnippasta

I think all spiralized pasta should be topped with a nut or seed for good crunch. Shelled pistachios complement the earthy parsnips perfectly. I seasoned the pistachios myself with one of my favorite Dizzy Pig seasoning blend. Their limited release IPA herb-infused seasoning blend gets a workout at my house. I put it on everything  —  from Brussels to salmon to pistachios!

Make this creamy parsnip pasta with seasoned pistachios for a delicious gluten and dairy free comfort food fix!

I made this parsnip pasta recipe for my Inspired Vegetarian column on Healthy Aperture. You need just a few ingredients to make this quick dinner or lunch, and it only takes about 10 minutes to make, start to finish.

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See how Danielle makes eating clean a lifestyle

My Clean Eating Strategy

NOURISH

To celebrate the launch of Nourish: 21 days of clean eating I’m sharing with you the very best of what Nourish is about. These are the essential discoveries that make up my own clean eating strategy. I use or implement each one of these every single day.

Nourish Plate

I follow the Nourish Plate concept each time I eat. By doing so, I’m able to enjoy ALL foods. Since Nourish teaches you what foods work well with your unique body chemistry, you don’t remove entire food groups from your diet just because it sounds cool to do so. You actually learn what types of foods fuel YOUR body best and how they fit into your personal clean eating strategy. Knowing this, you can literally have your cake and eat it, too. It just needs to fit on the plate.

During Nourish we DO limit our intake. We not only remove common food allergens (dairy, gluten) we also remove added sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and other foods that may be affecting our body in a negatively. The difference is that we bring the foods back into our diet in a meaningful way. The Nourish plate works as a portion guide during the program and long after it’s over.

Vitamix

My Vitamix is more than just my favorite kitchen appliance. It’s my friend. My clean eating partner. My daily joy. Sound a little over the top? Perhaps it is. I just love my Vitamix machine. We make beautiful dishes together, mostly in the form of creamy and delicious green smoothies, savory soups, dressings, dips, and other clean eating, Nourish-friendly delights. Yes, a Vitamix is an investment. But it’s an investment in your health and vitality. It’s the one appliance that I use every single day. Ask me about their payment plans and reconditioned models. I know all the ways you can get one for less.

Sugar Strategy

This one insight might be the most important nugget you get from my Nourish program. Sugar: we love to hate it. We love to love it. It’s the downfall of many a clean eating lifestyle. It’s the crutch that we rely on for so many things. But here’s the rub: for many people, sugar is NOT an everyday food. I like to equate sugar to alcohol. Many of us enjoy a glass of wine, on occasion. But we wouldn’t drink at work. Or after lunch. Or in the car. We wouldn’t do a shot every time we passed by a co-worker’s candy bowl. If we applied the same common sense restraint to sugar, it could cause a profound shift in our relationship. I’ve had a sugar strategy for years and it works.

During Nourish, we remove added sugar for 21 days. Then we watch as ever so slowly some magical things happen. At first, it sucks. There’s anxiety. Headaches. Cravings. But these soon make way for newly found clarity. And with that clarity you can create a strategy. Creating a sugar strategy for yourself is a gift that keeps on giving. It’s one of the most important takeaways of the Nourish program.

Food Confidence

I love being able to look at a recipe and clean it up. And when I say clean it up, I just mean make it work for me and my eating style. Knowing how to do this comes with experience. Experience comes from practice. That’s why cooking is so important while on the Nourish program. You don’t have to cook everything from scratch, but you do learn how to whip up clean meals that satisfy. This is usually the first question I get when someone is deciding whether to do the program. Do I have to cook? My usual response is this:

  • Do you want to feel better?
  • Do you want to have less gas/bloating/digestive issues?
  • Do you want to stop gaining weight?
  • Do you want to have more energy?

If yes, then you need to stop eating the food that is making you sick. There’s no shortcut here. You have to take responsibility for what you consume and that starts on your own plate, in your own kitchen. But here’s the thing: the more you prepare your own food, the better you get at it. The better you get at something, the more you love it.

Food Confidence….that’s what Nourish is all about.